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Vernon Announces Run for Iowa’s First Congressional District

A Democratic City Council member from Cedar Rapids says she’ll run for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District seat in 2016. Monica Vernon announced her plans Thursday. Vernon ran in the Democratic primary for the seat last year, coming in second place. After that she ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor last year on a shared Democratic ticket

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Ernst to Deliver GOP Response to Obama Address

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) – Republican officials have tapped newly elected Iowa Senator Joni Ernst to deliver the party’s formal response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Ernst was elected to her seat in November, capturing it after years of Democratic control. She is also the first woman to represent her

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Manchester Police Lt. Jim Wessels Honored for 25 Years

On Monday, Manchester Mayor Milt Kramer and the City of Manchester presented Manchester Police Lieutenant Jim Wessels with a service award for his 25 years with the department. Wessels started with the Manchester Police Department on January 3, 1990. Congratulations! (Photo by News Director Janelle Tucker)

Concerns Over Proposed Dubuque County Shooting Range

GRAF, Iowa (AP) РSome neighbors of a proposed shooting range near Graf in Dubuque County are worried about safety and how the range might affect their properties. The Telegraph Herald reports that members of the Dubuque County Zoning Board were joined by nearly two dozen residents on Wednesday in inspecting the nearly 68 acres of


Governor Proposes Closing Two of State’s Mental Health Institutions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has proposed closing two of the state’s four mental health institutions. Iowa’s mental health institutions are located in Independence, Cherokee, Clarinda and Mount Pleasant. Amy Lorentzen McCoy, an Iowa Department of Human Services spokeswoman, said Wednesday that Branstad didn’t include funding for the Clarinda and Mount


Anamosa Woman Injured in Collision with Dump Truck

An Anamosa woman was injured in a collision with a dump truck late Wednesday morning. It happened in Jones County at the intersection of Old Cass Road and X-31. The Iowa State Patrol says the dump truck failed to stop at the intersection and struck an SUV broadside. The driver of the SUV, 55-year old

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What Crops Should Farmers Plant in 2015?

Iowa farmers are considering some difficult options as they try to determine what crops they’ll plant in the spring, given how 2014 wrapped up poorly for so many growers. Joe Glauber, the chief economist for the U-S Department of Agriculture, says plenty of farmers took a big hit last year after commodity prices dropped. “Large

Patricia Bretz – Monti

Funeral services for 92 year old Patricia Bretz of Monti will be at 11:00am on Monday, January 19th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Monti with burial in the church cemetary. Friends may call from 2:30 PM until 6 PM Sunday at the Monti Community Center and after 10 AM Monday at the Church. A

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